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June 2022 MBR The Library CD Shelf

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Jul 1, 2022, 7:01:51 AM7/1/22
The Library CD Shelf

John Stein
Whaling City Sound

Lifeline is a 2-CD music album celebrating the storied musical career of jazz guitarist John Stein. Featuring highlights from Stein's discography, the track selection showcases decades of passion, creativity, and performance. Contributions from side musicians and creative arrangements enhance this treasury, highly recommended especially for jazz guitar enthusiasts and public library collections. 73 min., 8 sec.

Lynn Tredeau
Privately Published
$TBA CD / $10.00 digital

Reflection is a calming new age solo piano album. The gentle, smoothly flowing music evokes soul-searching over one's past, and inspires dreams for the future. Reflection is a beautiful, calming and centering listening experience, highly recommended especially for connoisseurs of the genre. The tracks are Tide Pools, Someday Somehow, What the Rain Said, Dreaming Tree, Meandering, Aspens of Targhee Mountain, Deep in the Forest, The Passing of Time, Nomad, The Road to There, Washed Away, and Celebration.

New Roots
Adema Manoukas Octet
7.00 Euro digital

New Roots is the debut album of contemporary jazz by eight Canadian music artists, Adema Manoukas Octet. The Octet consists of Evan Dalling on trumpet, Brenon Parmar on alto saxophone, David Hodgson on tenor & soprano saxophones, Nick Adema on trombone, Alex Manoukas on baritone saxophone, Leighton Harrell on bass, and Keith Barstow on drums. Their music includes both original compositions and arranged interpretations of classic songs by Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk. New Roots is a treasure for modern jazz collections, highly recommended. The tracks are Tour de Force, Eastern Avenue, 'Round Midnight, New Roots, In the Weeds, Reflections, Three Step Deal, and Runnin'.

Up the Hill and Through the Fog
The Slocan Ramblers
Privately Published
$14.98 CD / $8.99 MP3

Up the Hill and Through the Fog is a bluegrass album by award-winning Canadian roots ensemble The Slocan Ramblers. The album features the three core Slocan Ramblers members Darryl Poulsen on guitar and vocals, Adrian Gross on mandolin, mandola, and vocals, and Frank Evans on banjo and vocals, with additional contributions from Charles James on bass and vocals. Up the Hill and Through the Fog is passionate, emotional, memorable, and highly recommended especially for connoisseurs of the genre. The tracks are I Don't Know, You Said Goodbye, Won't You Come Back Home, A Mind With A Heart Of Its Own, Snow Owl, Bill Fernie, Platform Four, Streetcar Lullaby, Bury My Troubles, Harefoot's Retreat, The River Roaming Song, and Bring Me Down Low.

Qui Quen Grogne
Yannick Rieu
Privately Published
$TBA CD / $10.32 MP3

Montreal-based jazz saxophonist Yannick Rieu presents Qui Quen Grogne, an album titled after a French expression that means "I don't care what people think about what I'm doing." Rieu's sublime mastery of tenor and soprano saxophone shines through these eight original compositions. Qui Quen Grogne is enthusiastically recommended especially for jazz saxophone connoisseurs. The tracks are Qui Quen Grogne, Song Sisters, Riff Droite, Time is Life Was, Le Philosophe, Pharaon, and Porta di Cinese.

Havana Meets Kingston Part 2
Mista Savona and Havana Meets Kingston
$13.98 CD / $9.49 MP3

Havana Meets Kingston Part 2 is the follow up to Mista Savona's 2017 debut album. An all-star lineup of musicians from Cuba and Jamaica showcase 15 songs ranging from reggae, dancehall, and rocksteady to Cuban son, timba, and salsa. The pulse-pounding performances are an electrifying experience! Havana Meets Kingston Part 2 is a choice pick for international music collections, highly recommended. The tracks are The Fire From Africa, Siempre Si, Guarachara, The Human Chain, Solutions (We Can Do It), Havana Meets Kingston, Lo Que Quieres, Lagrimas Negras, Beat Con Flow, Destiny, Kingston Nights, Reggae Y Son, Slave Trade, Juramento, and We Are One.


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